iOS 12 'doubles down' on performance for iPhone and iPad

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Apple has debuted iOS 12, bringing better performance to older devices, improved augmented reality, Memoji, FaceTime chats with an entire group, and much more to iPhones and iPads later in the year.

iOS 12 topics at WWDC


Presented at the 2018 WWDC conference, Apple's Senior Vice President of Software Engineering Craig Federighi announced the new version, and highlighted a few features of the macOS operating system update, due in the fall.

Performance

iOS 12 will be available on all the same devices as iOS 11. Federighi noted that it will have the widest device support of any of Apple's previous operating system releases.

App speedups with iOS 12


According to Apple, apps on the iPhone 6s Plus launch up to 40 percent faster, with up to 50 percent faster keyboard display, and a 70 percent faster shift to the camera.

Under load, the same iPhone is launching apps up to twice as fast. Additionally, the CPU ramp-speed is increasing across not just older devices, but also the newer ones as well.

Augmented Reality and ARKit 2

Apple has partnered with Pixar to release a new file format for augmented reality experiences. The new USDZ format is optimized for sharing, and contains all of the resources needed in one single file. Additionally, it is an open format, with Adobe bringing native USDZ support to Creative Cloud.




ARKit 2 was also announced, allowing users to launch into shared AR experiences with two users playing, plus a third observer. Other improvements include better facial recognition, more accurate surface recognition, and enhanced object measurement.

Demonstrated on stage was a Lego model and multi-player interactions with it. Apple has a demonstration set up at the expo for developers to try the multiple-user version of a simple game.

Photos

Search has been improved, with enhanced object and scene recognition. The new Photos app will predict what the user is interested in, and is "more powerful than ever" according to Federighi.




Photos now indexes over four million events by time and place, such as sporting events. Multiple terms can be entered, with suggestions for additional terms provided by the device.

The new "For You" tab contains the user's memories, plus featured photos, and effects suggestions tabs.

Sharing has been improved in "For You" with sharing suggestions. The Photos app will identify users in your photos, and recommend not just what you want to share, but also with who you send them to at full resolution.

When received, the Photos library on the other end of the transaction will recommend sharing relevant pictures back to you.

Siri

Apple has added Shortcuts to Siri. With it, any app can expose what Apple calls "quick actions" to Siri. Shortcuts like "I lost my keys" can be picked up by Siri after addition to invoke the app, and execute the relevant command.




Siri Shortcuts give the user context-sensitive suggestions, like texting meeting attendees that you'll be late, and so forth that it will learn with time and use. A new Shortcuts app will also allow users to make their own shortcuts, with an Editor that allows for drag-and-drop construction.




Apple says that there are hundreds of Shortcuts to download. The improvements in Siri and Shortcuts in particular seem derived from Apple's purchase of Workflow.

Apps

Apple News has been enhanced with enhanced discovery. The iPad version has the biggest improvement with a sidebar with the user's newsfeed.




Stocks have been improved with sparklines, that show the stock's performance throughout the day. Apple News has also been integrated with Stocks, with the top stories in Stocks being business-relate, coupled with an interactive view with after-hours pricing. The Stocks app is now also coming to the iPad.

Voice Memos has been rebuilt with a new interface and iCloud support. Plus, the app is also coming to the iPad.

Apple's iBooks has been renovated in iOS 12, with an all-new design. As seen in the beta releases in iOS 11, Apple has renamed the app to just "Books." With the revision, Apple also has a new store for book purchases coming as well.




Also with iOS 12, CarPlay supports third party navigation apps.

Life balance

Apple has added a trio of features to iOS aimed to improve user's device use habits. Do Not Disturb has been amplified with a new Do Not Disturb during bedtime feature, cutting notifications way back when a user is supposed to be asleep.

A "press-into" the Do Not Disturb app has multiple options now, for granular control of the feature. Apple has also added "Instant Tuning" for notifications. On an incoming notification, users can select it and tell the iPhone how to deal with it going forward, including muting the app entirely.

Also new to Notifications are threaded, or Grouped Notifications. Tapping on the group will unfold the group, with a single swipe able to dismiss the entire stack.




"Screen Time" gives users insight for users on how they used the device. The feature also gives the user the ability to set time limits on apps, with notifications telling the user how much allowed time they have left inside the app for the day. All of the limits sync across devices with iCloud.

Screen time report


Parents can be sent children's reports on a main device, with the ability to set allowances by category or individual apps.

Communication and Memoji

In iOS 12, Apple has added new Tongue Detection to Animoji. A new Ghost, Koala, Tiger, and T-Rex have been added to the existing feature.




Memoji, or an Animoji specific for each user, has been added with a deep set of customizations for any user. The feature taps into the TrueDepth camera system in the iPhone X to map a user's face following customization of the face in a graphical editor.




The Messages app also has new effects that can be applied, allowing application of shapes, filters, or other effects to a picture or image in response to a message.

FaceTime

Apple has finally introduced Group FaceTime. Up to 32 people can be included in any chat at one time.




FaceTime has been integrated into Messages, allowing for a group to be called, join in, and drop out at any time. Memojis can be added inline in a Group Facetime as well.

Memoji with Tim Cook


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  • Reply 1 of 149
    nunzynunzy Posts: 332member
     is this like when Tim doubled down on security?
    Avieshek
  • Reply 2 of 149
    larz2112larz2112 Posts: 195member

    Photos

    The new Photos app will predict what the user is interested in, and is "more powerful than ever" according to Federighi.

    Or in my case, the new Photos app will attempt to predict what the user is interested in and more often than not get it wrong. It will also attempt to predict how the user wants to tag, organize, and search for photos, and more often than not get it wrong.
    Sgt Storms(trooper)yojimbo007dysamoria
  • Reply 3 of 149
    wizard69wizard69 Posts: 12,434member
    Wow, not much to get excited about here.    Admittedly iBooks, if done right, could function much better on iPad where I like to use it.    Hopefully more info will follow but I jsut left feeling that they haven't revealed anything ground breaking here (not that that is a bad thing)
    Sgt Storms(trooper)Avieshek
  • Reply 4 of 149
    harry wildharry wild Posts: 502member
    Looks to me that the lowest Apple will support will be the A9 with 2GB of LpDDR4!
    Sgt Storms(trooper)Avieshek
  • Reply 5 of 149
    MisterKitMisterKit Posts: 87member
    Looking forward to see how it runs on mini 2. Any boost in performance will be welcome.
    willcropointGeorgeBMac
  • Reply 6 of 149
    sergiozsergioz Posts: 201member
    wizard69 said:
    Wow, not much to get excited about here.    Admittedly iBooks, if done right, could function much better on iPad where I like to use it.    Hopefully more info will follow but I jsut left feeling that they haven't revealed anything ground breaking here (not that that is a bad thing)
    You not the only one who feels that way. Apple stock is taking a small dip as we speak. 
  • Reply 7 of 149
    StrangeDaysStrangeDays Posts: 4,787member
    wizard69 said:
    Wow, not much to get excited about here.
     lol, you guys are a riot -- first people complain that Apple needs to work on making its platform more stable, and then they complain it's not exciting enough.
    mike1willcropointtmaySendMcjaklkruppsteven n.Sgt Storms(trooper)fastasleepGeorgeBMacshark5150
  • Reply 8 of 149
    StrangeDaysStrangeDays Posts: 4,787member

    sergioz said:
    wizard69 said:
    Wow, not much to get excited about here.    Admittedly iBooks, if done right, could function much better on iPad where I like to use it.    Hopefully more info will follow but I jsut left feeling that they haven't revealed anything ground breaking here (not that that is a bad thing)
    You not the only one who feels that way. Apple stock is taking a small dip as we speak. 
    Apple stock takes a dip after every announcement, because Mr. Market has no idea what its doing.
    welshdogmike1willcropointSgt Storms(trooper)ericthehalfbeeGeorgeBMacDAalsethTomErazorpitaegean
  • Reply 9 of 149
    MisterKit said:
    Looking forward to see how it runs on mini 2. Any boost in performance will be welcome.
    For Christ sake go get an iPad that isn’t 7 years old
    toysandmeSgt Storms(trooper)jony0
  • Reply 10 of 149
    frantisekfrantisek Posts: 295member
    Looks promising but too soon to judge the speed. But my 5s will like any speed increase. And may finally update from iOS 10. 
    GeorgeBMacdysamoria
  • Reply 11 of 149
    avon b7avon b7 Posts: 2,215member
    MisterKit said:
    Looking forward to see how it runs on mini 2. Any boost in performance will be welcome.
    For Christ sake go get an iPad that isn’t 7 years old
    He can't. He bought the Mini for a reason that probably had a lot to do with form factor. Even the Mini 4 isn't a big enough upgrade over the 2. Since then, Zippo.

    If Apple released a new Mini I would be all over it. Even better a Mini with no bezels. Until then. No buy.
    Sgt Storms(trooper)jasenj1IreneWGeorgeBMacwlymmuthuk_vanalingam
  • Reply 12 of 149
    mike1mike1 Posts: 1,649member
    sergioz said:
    wizard69 said:
    Wow, not much to get excited about here.    Admittedly iBooks, if done right, could function much better on iPad where I like to use it.    Hopefully more info will follow but I jsut left feeling that they haven't revealed anything ground breaking here (not that that is a bad thing)
    You not the only one who feels that way. Apple stock is taking a small dip as we speak. 
    Please. Only Apple would be subject stock price scrutiny during a Developers Conference. Stock is up $1.59 at 2:52 ET
    LukeCagetoysandmewatto_cobra
  • Reply 13 of 149
    larz2112 said:

    Or in my case, the new Photos app will attempt to predict what the user is interested in and more often than not get it wrong. It will also attempt to predict how the user wants to tag, organize, and search for photos, and more often than not get it wrong.
    You got that right. I hate how Photos organizes my photos. Detest it enough that I don't even use it to organize. I use MyPics and grab any shots from Photos as soon as possible before deleting them from the latter. I wouldn't want my Mac deciding how I want my files organized and I don't want Photos doing the same with my pictures.
    dysamoria
  • Reply 14 of 149
    larz2112 said:

    Or in my case, the new Photos app will attempt to predict what the user is interested in and more often than not get it wrong. It will also attempt to predict how the user wants to tag, organize, and search for photos, and more often than not get it wrong.
    You got that right. I hate how Photos organizes my photos. Detest it enough that I don't even use it to organize. I use MyPics and grab any shots from Photos as soon as possible before deleting them from the latter. I wouldn't want my Mac deciding how I want my files organized and I don't want Photos doing the same with my pictures.
    Apple Photos just provide you with additional views. You are still free to use your Camera Roll and make albums as you please. All synchronized between all your devices. I do not see a single issue there. 
    StrangeDaysbill42ericthehalfbeerazorpitdysamoriawatto_cobra
  • Reply 15 of 149
    rogifan_newrogifan_new Posts: 2,842member
    wizard69 said:
    Wow, not much to get excited about here.
     lol, you guys are a riot -- first people complain that Apple needs to work on making its platform more stable, and then they complain it's not exciting enough.
    I guess if you’re a teenybopper who lives in Snapchat and Bitmoji this was a great update. I liked the changes to notifications and Siri shortcuts and group FaceTime but the rest was meh. News in the stocks app? Who even uses that app? And showing off ARKit with people holding up iPads? Who’s gonna do that? Your arms would get tired in an instant. Where is the SiriKit domain for music and podcasts? Where is the support for 3rd party music and podcast apps on AppleWatch? Or more Siri skills for HomePod? HomePod wasn’t even mentioned on stage. How about changes to iCloud pricing? Based on the little rumors we had I wasn’t expecting a ton of OMG things but I was expecting more.
    edited June 4 avon b7yojimbo007muthuk_vanalingam
  • Reply 16 of 149
    Eric_WVGGEric_WVGG Posts: 330member
    I dunno. On the iOS side, Shortcuts was way more than I expected. 

    Apple Watch did announce support for 3rd party music and podcasts, btw ("background audio for Apple Watch," as they described it). Marco Arment of Overcast quipped on Twitter, "there goes my summer"

    The troubling thing is that there are really two Apple Watch API's, a public one for developers, and an internal-only one that the apps shipping with the Watch uses. Until developers can use the first-class API, 3rd-party apps will probably continue to be "iffy." 
    edited June 4 Sgt Storms(trooper)StrangeDaysasdasd
  • Reply 17 of 149
    tmaytmay Posts: 2,649member
    wizard69 said:
    Wow, not much to get excited about here.
     lol, you guys are a riot -- first people complain that Apple needs to work on making its platform more stable, and then they complain it's not exciting enough.
    I guess if you’re a teenybopper who lives in Snapchat and Bitmoji this was a great update. I liked the changes to notifications and Siri shortcuts and group FaceTime but the rest was meh. News in the stocks app? Who even uses that app? And showing off ARKit with people holding up iPads? Who’s gonna do that? Your arms would get tired in an instant. Where is the SiriKit domain for music and podcasts? Where is the support for 3rd party music and podcast apps on AppleWatch? Or more Siri skills for HomePod? HomePod wasn’t even mentioned on stage. How about changes to iCloud pricing? Based on the little rumors we had I wasn’t expecting a ton of OMG things but I was expecting more.
    Gee, your good!

    All I saw is a bigger fucking moat.
  • Reply 18 of 149
    wizard69wizard69 Posts: 12,434member
    sergioz said:
    wizard69 said:
    Wow, not much to get excited about here.    Admittedly iBooks, if done right, could function much better on iPad where I like to use it.    Hopefully more info will follow but I jsut left feeling that they haven't revealed anything ground breaking here (not that that is a bad thing)
    You not the only one who feels that way. Apple stock is taking a small dip as we speak. 
    I really don't care anymore what Wall Street does.   Frankly I'm happy that they have refocused on speed and stability.  

    To me anyway, this Keynote just felt a bit off.   It actually seemed more focused on the consumer end of the business then the developer end.   Maybe I need to releisten as I did drop in about 15 minutes late, even so it was like that old hamburg ad with the old woman asking "where the meat?".
    TomEdysamoria
  • Reply 19 of 149
    lkrupplkrupp Posts: 6,003member
    wizard69 said:
    Wow, not much to get excited about here.
     lol, you guys are a riot -- first people complain that Apple needs to work on making its platform more stable, and then they complain it's not exciting enough.
    I guess if you’re a teenybopper who lives in Snapchat and Bitmoji this was a great update. I liked the changes to notifications and Siri shortcuts and group FaceTime but the rest was meh. News in the stocks app? Who even uses that app? And showing off ARKit with people holding up iPads? Who’s gonna do that? Your arms would get tired in an instant. Where is the SiriKit domain for music and podcasts? Where is the support for 3rd party music and podcast apps on AppleWatch? Or more Siri skills for HomePod? HomePod wasn’t even mentioned on stage. How about changes to iCloud pricing? Based on the little rumors we had I wasn’t expecting a ton of OMG things but I was expecting more.
    After every WWDC were are treated to the whining of the perpetually disappointed and depressed society, if which you are the supreme leader. 
    steven n.JFC_PALukeCagemacxpressSgt Storms(trooper)propodfastasleepericthehalfbeeStrangeDaysanome
  • Reply 20 of 149
    wizard69wizard69 Posts: 12,434member
    wizard69 said:
    Wow, not much to get excited about here.
     lol, you guys are a riot -- first people complain that Apple needs to work on making its platform more stable, and then they complain it's not exciting enough.
    Well it is a keynote for the developers and as such you would expect them to dig into the meat of things.   Even the new features seemed to be glossed over.   For example they spent a considerable amount of time with Mac OS covering the finder but barely mentioned ML2 or other technologies.   You know technologies developers are interested in.
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